FEDERAL Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce today announced funding of $875,500 to fix six dangerous black spots on roads in the local government areas of Tenterfield, Inverell, Liverpool Plains, Armidale Dumaresq and Tamworth Regional Council.
The approved projects are:
$235,000 for Mount Lindesay Road, to seal the surface and install delineation and guideposts from Wylie Creek Road to 130m south of Overcliffe Road.
$197,000 for Old Bundarra Road to install curve advisory signs, curve alignment markers and centreline delineation on a three kilometre section from Leviathan Road to Schwenkes Lane.
$125,000 for the Gwydir Highway to construct a channelised right turn at the intersection at Rob Roy Road.
$173,000 for Lowes Creek Road, 2.5 kilometres to 2.8 kilometres east of Werris Creek Road to realign road and to turn three corners into one corner with a large radius.
$75,000 to install a roundabout at the junction of Armidale’s Queen Elizabeth Drive and Elm Avenue to avoid intersection crashes.
$70,000 to install a guardrail through a selection of curves on a five kilometre section of Daruka Road from Johnston Street to Tintinhull Road, Tamworth.
The projects were recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and will be delivered during the course of the coming financial year (2015-16).
Mr Joyce said this investment in black spot projects will deliver safer and more efficient roads for the New England Electorate through targeted upgrades proven to deliver results.
“Black spot projects target dangerous roads to save lives and reduce road trauma, ensuring our local road network is safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians,” Mr Joyce said.
“The good thing about the Black Spot Programme is that anyone can suggest an intersection or section of road they believe should be considered for a safety upgrade”.
He said the Australian Government's record commitment of $500 million to the Black Spot Programme in the 2014 Budget would fix more roads than ever before and fast-track better roads.
“As a result of our additional investment, an extra 110 projects will be funded in New South Wales over 2015-16,” Mr Joyce said.
“Based on the outcomes typically delivered by black spot projects, these extra projects are expected to save an additional 13 lives and prevent 671 injury crashes over 10 years, and deliver economic dividends of around $214 million.
Further information and nomination forms can be downloaded from: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/index.aspx